KBFA Social & Cultural Highlights

Milan Design Week 2018

Beyond the design trends, our itinerary for Salone was filled with private art and design tours, designer lunches and cocktail hours, innovative product launch parties and fashion collaborations, plus other design-inspired social events in neighborhoods across the city. Here are some of the social highlights from our visit to Milan:

Breath of Light and Life in Space

From a site-specific kinetic light installation that stretches the imagination to futuristic life in space, KBFA’s Kristin Glass shares a look at a few of her favorite exhibits from Milan Design Week 2018. For example, in an immersive and breathtaking exhibition called Breath of Light, Preciosa showcases beautiful crystal light bulbs that illuminate in response to human breath. Each breath triggers a chain reaction of lights within an enormous chandelier, and so the spectator engages with the artistic light sculpture in a whole new way.

Massimo Poggipollini, PR Director for Salone del Mobile, describes the importance of the Space & Interiors exhibit as a “sister fair” to Salone. Stefano Boeri Architetti (SBA) curated the 2018 Space & Interiors show. WIth the theme “The Future of Living and The Planet of the Future,” SBA focused on materials, solutions and innovations for tomorrow. Born in Milan, Stefano’s passion is the intersection between city and nature, which led to his Vertical Forest prototype, along with other visionary projects.

Gessi and David Rockwell Incinio Launch Party

Over 600 designers, architects and dealers attended the Gessi Rockwell party in Milan. Larry Allen, CEO, Gessi, was kind enough to give Jason Fiore and Kristin Glass a personal tour of the Incinio collection and David Rockwell topped the evening off by regaling us with stories about his experiences during this special week in Milan.

Jason Fiore (KBFA), Kristin Glass (KBFA), David Rockwell (The Rockwell Group)
Gessi Rockwell Incino Launch Party at Gessi Italy

Bvlgari Hotel
Milanese Garden Party with Flexform

KBFA absolutely loved touring the Bvlgari Hotel, which was designed by Milan’s Antonio Citterio, known as “the gentleman of design” for his understated elegance. From the white marble facade to the bronze cantilever roof to the gold and emerald mosaic in the Spa, a wide range of materials are all integrated in a stunning way.

Bar at Bvlgari Hotel in Milan

Oh, and the garden! What was once a monastery’s vegetable garden is now Bvlgari Hotel’s masterfully planned succession of open-air rooms. During Salone del Mobile, Flexform hosted cocktails in this garden, which was transformed to become part of the fair’s Reinventing Design Rules journey. The centerpiece was The Mirror Cube, a dreamlike box that, once you walk inside, you are hypnotized by swirling black-and-white patterns.

Garden at Bvlgari Hotel in Milan

Cocktails Al Fresco: Click here to see photos from the Flexform Garden Party.

SMEG + Dolce & Gabbana Launch Party: Sicily is My Love

Kitchen Chic:  You may kiss your boring stainless-steel fridge goodbye when you see this chic artistic Italian collection. SMEG and Dolce & Gabbana collaborated to create an artisan line of appliances dubbed “Sicily is my Love” which they launched in Milan.

Sicily is my Love  – SMEG + Dolce Gabbana Launch Party in Milan, Italy

A Vibrant Night. It was a fun-filled evening of vivacious patterns, vivid colors, sparkling chandeliers and pure extravagance at the SMEG and Dolce & Gabbana event. The two brands hosted an exclusive launch party at the historic Metropol for their new luxury appliance collaboration, “Sicily is my Love.” It was a treat seeing Mr. Dolce and Mr. Gabbana in person. We were thrilled to attend!

Cara Goldberg (3GMedia), Jason Fiore (KBFA), Kristin Glass (KBFA)

Join KBFA’s Jason Fiore and Kristin Glass as they celebrate at the exclusive launch of Dolce & Gabbana and SMEG’s luxury appliance line, “Sicily is My Love”.

Sicily is my Love  – SMEG + Dolce Gabbana Launch Party in Milan, Italy

KBFA Private Tour Triennale

GC Collaborative organized a private tour of the eleventh edition of the Triennale Design Museum for interior designers, and KBFA joined the group. This section of the Triennale includes 180 works dating from 1902 to 1998. The exhibit weaves together a series of stories to illustrate the complex nature of Italian design.

Terrazza Triennale: A Michelin Star Memory

The spring climate in Milan created the perfect atmosphere for the rooftop lunch KBFA hosted for designers at Terrazza Triennale. Perched above La Triennale di Milano’s Palazzo dell’Arte, we enjoyed oysters and Prosecco with a view of the Parco del Sempione, Castello Sforzesco and the majestic Milan skyline.

La Triennale KBFA Hosted Luncheon – Milan 2018

At Terazza Triennale, Michelin-starred chef Stefano Cerveni offers a modern take on traditional Italian dishes, while remaining faithful to the ingredients that confirm their close ties with the land and with Italy.

KBFA Private Tour Fondazione Prada: The Gold Standard

Thank you, Miuciana Prada for keeping art your #1 passion (after fashion!). Dedicated to contemporary art and culture, the Fondazione Prada used to be a distillery dating back to the early 1900s. During our private tour, we learned about the architectural aspects of the Fondazione as well as the exhibitions currently on view.

Jason Fiore (KBFA) and Kristin Glass (KBFA) at Fondazione Prada in Milan

Solid Gold. The new permanent Milan venue of Fondazione Prada was unveiled in 2015. Architectural firm OMA, led by Rem Koolhaas, conceived the new complex, which combines pre-existing buildings with a trio of new structures. The goal was to expand the repertoire of spaces in which art can be enjoyed by the public.

Join KBFA on a private tour of Fondazione Prada. We’ll explore the innovative designs and architecture crafted from unique materials like gold leaf, aluminum and more.

KBFA Cocktails Bar Luce: Italian Pop

Italian Treat: Bar Luce was voted the No. 1 Instagram spot in all of Milan. What better place for KBFA Principal Jason Fiore to host a casual cocktail hour for designers? Located in the Fondazione Prada and designed by film director Wes Anderson, Bar Luce recreates the atmosphere of a typical Milanese cafè, with colors and materials reminiscent of Italian pop culture in the 1950s and 1960s.

Insta-worthy Happy Hour. KBFA hosts exclusive cocktail hour for top interior designers at Bar Luce, designed by film director Wes Anderson. Bar Luce is rated the No.1 “Instagrammed” location in Milan.

Insta-worthy Happy Hour. KBFA hosts exclusive cocktail hour for top interior designers at Bar Luce, designed by film director Wes Anderson. Bar Luce is rated the No.1 “Instagrammed” location in Milan.

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